WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN THE DEMONS AND THE CHILDREN OF GOD
SINCE JAMES TELLS US
THAT EVEN THE DEMONS BELIEVE?
THE DEMONS HAVE NO LOVE FOR CHRIST,
NO DESIRE TO BE WITH HIM
BUT TRUE BELIEVERS FIND HIM ALTOGETHER LOVELY
Two weeks ago when we looked at Enjoying God, some of you were taken aback when George Mueller said: “The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day, is to have MY SOUL HAPPY IN THE LORD.”
Our own Diane put it so well:
I come from a solid Baptist tradition where TRUTH is extremely important and enjoying God was never mentioned. Too much emotion in worship or life was suspect. Restraint is admired. Yet I do sense that God longs for us to enjoy Him. What does this truly mean for my life? If I am in love with my Savior, it will show in my life in the same way that a person in love with another person or a pregnant mother “glows” due to her happiness.
Diane’s comment made me think of our own Beth, who because of her painful past in the orphanage, had trouble bonding to others. The Lord is healing her and it is most evident in how she has bonded to her children — she truly did glow all through her pregnancies. She was experiencing joy in her child.
And the Lord wants us to have joy in Him. That love relationship is how we are different from the demons. And when we are convinced of His love for us, we glow. Even when life is filled with trials, if we know we are loved, as our own Dawn said, “It keeps us sane.”
As you read this I am in Kentucky, and the spiritual warfare has been intense. Thank you for praying, for we have so needed it. Almost everything that could go wrong did, yet each time, I was able to remember God’s love and see Him overcome. He provided me with great tech help, we had tech problems here but David kept guiding us through by phone, I got lost trying to find the retreat, but was found, I was sick and lost my voice, but it wasn’t completely gone until this morning. Teasi Cannon (a new author) opened Friday night with the theme “The Battle is the Lord’s” and it is. Teasi’s mother who sat next to me, said, “I just go a word from the Lord.” Tsuami. I wasn’t even sure what she was talking about — but later I knew — He came in a mighty way, and the room was silent to hear Him all three sessions. I spoke on The Song of Songs and they understood. One woman said to me “Everything that was in my head has dropped to my heart.” God came to us because He loves us.
He loves us, He is for us, and we must not be overcome by the fiery darts and lies of the evil one that God does not love us and is not for us. He knows that when we back up from the Lord we will run to our idols. But let the beauty of the Lord overcome the evil one — for He is more precious than silver.
LET THIS SONG PREPARE YOU FOR THIS WEEK:
1. What stands out to you and why?
This week’s message on The Love of the Church for Christ is a feast for your souls. We will take a little each day and eat slowly. It goes over what we studied last week, taking us deeper. Please don’t miss Friday — it is so rich!
PLEASE go to this link.
Then choose The Love of Christ 3 and DOWNLOAD it so it doesn’t skip. If you have trouble hearing, listen with earbuds or headphones. Listen to only the first 13 minutes — actually, until 12:55. Take notes.
2. Share your notes on these first 13 minutes. HE IS THE FAIREST OF TEN THOUSAND TO MY SOUL
3. Review Song of Songs 1:2-3 and 1:13: He is sweetness to her – and this is so key. This is when Reeves gets excited about the parallel with Psalm 4:7 – so read that. What parallel do you see?
4. How do you see that she loves him rather than his gifts?
5. What error do we lean toward in presenting the gospel as a formula? How might you do it differently?
6. Review Song of Songs 5:2-8
How is physical sleepiness is similar to spiritual sleepiness?
Wednesday: Listen from 12:55 t0 23:40 We Must Feast With Him Before We Suffer With Him
7. Share your notes.
8. She loves Him more than His gifts. She wants to be with Him. How do you see this in The Song of Songs?
9. How do you see suffering in The Song of Songs 3:7?
10. Sibbes says you will not suffer with Him if you have not feasted with Him. She will not truly love Him unless she is convinced He loves her. Are you convinced? Find a passage in the Song of Songs that helps you.
Thursday: Listen to 23:40 – 39:30 His Glory More Than His Gifts
11. What do the daughters of Jerusalem ask in Song of Songs 5:9 and how does she answer? Then how do they respond in 6:1. What does this tell you?
12. What does Reeves say we have lost in our Protestant heritage?
13. We tend to talk about the mechanics of how to get saved instead of the beauties of Christ. How might seeing this impact how you share with others? See if you can come up with a sentence or two that you might share.
Friday: Listen To 39:30 To The End. Aslan Is On The Move, Transforming His Bride.
14. Read Song of Songs 2:8-17 and find out what made them laugh so hard in the classroom. Reeves was kidding, and yet had a serious point. What was it?
15. HE QUOTES THIS FROM CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS. WHAT WAS HIS POINT?
His reign shall know no end,
and round his pierced feet
fair flowers of paradise extend
their fragrance ever sweet.
15. READ SONG OF SONGS 6:10 AND COMMENT ON WHAT YOU LEARN FROM THIS AND REEVES.
16. Read Song of Songs 7:1-2 and comment on what you learn from this and Reeves.
17. Other comments from this section. (It is so rich!)
18. What is your take-a-way and why?